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Interview with Merc Rustad on Lightspeed

Interview with Merc Rustad on Lightspeed

I recently interviewed the fabulous Merc Rustad for Lightspeed, then saw them looking totally swank at the Nebulas, but alas had no time to chat in person! Next time gadget!

In the meantime, here is their interview, full of a vision and a mission for more joy and happy endings for queer characters.

Finding Home is a great part of that mission, you can read it for free online and purchase it if you want to support folks to keep bringing the awesome to the world of spec fic. Go check it out!

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Uncanny Magazine, year three… and check out one of the stretch goals!

Uncanny Magazine, year three… and check out one of the stretch goals!

Uncanny Magazine is raising funds for Year Three! They’ve done so much in two short years and I gotta say I really love working witKS_Year3_box_webV1h them. Their whole editorial team is pretty fab to say the least. Watching the video gave me little happy shivers to see so many creators I like waving and supporting the UNICORN DANCE PARTY!

Supporting Uncanny this year also creates the opportunity for the Things to continue hanging out with Uncanny and stretch themselves into new ways of imagining. It’s always such an interesting challenge, reading all the stories and essays, picking one (or several) and fitting them into the mind and world of the Things.

Check out this sweet sweet Kickstarter stretch goal ^_^

Increase Uncanny Blogging! Keep Liz Argall’s Things Without Arms And Things Without Legs reaction comic per issue, and add the new Max and Amal Go to the Moviescolumn, PLUS new columns by Michael Damian Thomas and Michi Trota!

Yay!

2016 Locus Awards

2016 Locus Awards

I did some sketches during the Locus Awards, fun to practice working off prompts. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners ^_^

 

 

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The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the2016 Locus Awards. on Saturday, June 25, 2016 during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA.

PUBLISHER

  • Tor

MAGAZINE

  • Asimov’s

EDITOR

  • David G. Hartwell

ARTIST

  • Michael Whelan

ART BOOK

NON-FICTION

COLLECTION

ANTHOLOGY

  • Old Venus, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam)

SHORT STORY

NOVELETTE

NOVELLA

YOUNG ADULT BOOK

FIRST NOVEL

FANTASY NOVEL

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

Liz’s schedule at Westercon

Liz’s schedule at Westercon

Photo by Richard Man Photography
I shall aim to entertain, ask rad questions, and give interesting answers. Photo by Richard Man Photography

Hello! I will be in Portland next weekend (4th of July weekend) for Westercon. I’d love to see you there. If you come to my Kaffeeklatsch I’ll draw a free sketch for you! Please come to my Kaffeeklatch, it’s on Friday.

Liz’s Sessions

Friday, July 1

4:00pm

Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as “hosts”). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees, so book in advance to either avoid disappointment, or to assure your person that someone will indeed come and drink beverages with them.

Saturday, July 2

11:00am

Sunday, July 3

11:00am

Everybody knows that science fiction has inspired legions of young people to grow up and become scientists; half of NASA was weaned on Star Trek. But does SF’s influence with these people end with their choice of career? Might science fiction actually serve as a legitimate means of transmitting scientific ideas between working scientists in different disciplines? Might it, in certain circumstances, be more effective than the usual technical publications?

1:00pm

Workshops and critique groups can be helpful and change your writing for the better. But they can also hinder an author and we can get stuck in a cycle of repeating things we may not fully understand ourselves. Chat with pros on what areas to watch out for when taking part in any sort of workshop or crit session.

Monday, July 4

11:00am

From book to comic to the screen, how is written work adapted to different formats? What gets cut, what stays, and why? The panels discuss the methods involved in transforming a novel to comics and other mediums.

1:00pm

Is feminism anti-geek? Are geeks anti-feminist? (Spoiler: no). Come discuss the joyful harmony of promoting geek power and gender equality side-by-side, and learn about the unique challenges facing humans with geek traits, female-categorized traits, or both!

2:00pm

Whether your motivation is global warming, the terrifying decimation of the bee population, or being up too late at night reading dystopian futures, have you wondered: if it really all went down, how you could know whom to rely on, and how much you could fend for yourself? Have you tried being proactive now: learning how to create networks, growing, raising, or gleaning your own food sources, bartering goods and services, building your own mobile shelters, passing local legislation supporting local food sustainability and rain catchment, etc.? Folks involved in such proactive individual, family, and community endeavors facilitate a discussion, ideally with avid audience participation, towards innovating ideas and sharing what works.
U Bookstore Reading With Brenda Cooper, Adam Rakunas and Madeline Ashby

U Bookstore Reading With Brenda Cooper, Adam Rakunas and Madeline Ashby

Twas a lovely reading on Tuesday night at the University Bookstore in Seattle.

Adam Rakunas read from Like a Boss.

Madelaine Ashby read from Company Town.

Brenda Cooper read from Spear of Light.

The Q&A was lovely and involved a discussion of transhumanism.

Then I got them all to sign a drawing I had made of them during the Q&A!

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Fun for a good cause

Fun for a good cause

The Things want everyone to be happy and healthy, to know love, safety, and security.

That’s why they are truly honored to be part of Rachel Swirsky’s bottomly fundraiser, raising funds for Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Services. Lyon-Martin focuses on caring for the LGBTQIAA community, especially low-income lesbian, bisexual, and trans people. Any Patreon money she receives this month will go directly to Lyon-Martin. She currently has over $400 pledged, if she gets to $500 the THINGS will do a comic about bottoms – tricky when they have don’t have legs!

  • At $500,  cartoonist Liz Argall — creator of the Things Without Arms and Without Legs — will do an original comic on the topic of butts. Check out her work here: http://www.thingswithout.com/
  • At $600, Rachel Swirsky and several AWESOME authors will write a short story together about dinosaurs.
  • At $700, puppeteer, audio book narrator, and all around awesome person Mary Robinette Kowal will record the audio version of “If You Were a Butt, My Butt” in her professional studio–and she will be amazing. Here she is reading some tweets by John Scalzi. Erotically.
  • $800 – ??? whatever it will be it will be amazing

Click here to donate, it lists everything as a monthly option, because it is a Patreon page, but it’s easy peasy to cancel after initial payment if you want to donate to Lyon-Martin only (Rachel totally supports folks doing that :-)

Go here to find out more about the project.

It’s a great cause, and should be great fun. Share, donate, create, celebrate, let’s keep bringing the awesome :-)

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The Nebula Awards 50th Anniversary Conference aka ZOMG I JUST CAN’T EVEN WITH WORDS

The Nebula Awards 50th Anniversary Conference aka ZOMG I JUST CAN’T EVEN WITH WORDS

The Nebula Awards Conference was wonderful! So many great people, great programming, my only sadness was that I didn’t get to spend more time with ALL THE PEOPLE, and I really should have organized having meals with people a little bit better. I ended up not eating very much, but hospitality’s delicious ham and frozen fruit kept me going.

I made a strong decision to use the Nebula Awards Conference as a place to run some experiments and challenge myself. For the authors’ signing I printed magnets with Things on them, and wrote letters for people. I wanted to do something a little bit different, there’s something so magical about getting a letter in the mail. It was a fun experiment to conduct in a small, non threatening window of time.

Using the signing this way allowed me to figure out the logistics of sketches and taking live commissions. There are lots of niggling details that you don’t realize you need to sort out until you’re in the heat of the moment. There’s nothing like opportunities to practice, play, and run experiments. I wonder what experiments I’ll conduct next year, SFWAns might be my favorite lab rats! They’re so smart and enthusiastic, and you can have good meta conversations about pricing, marketing and workflow.

Magnets are a bit tricky to sign, but envelopes hold ink quite well and keep the magnets safe.

Sometimes love is grabbing a magnet for each of your besties!  <3

Examples of letters the Things sent ^_^. There is so much joy writing notes of love  to special folks. Wish I’d photographed more of them before I sent them into the wild.

This experiment was so useful, and when the signing was done I didn’t want to finish! I had so much more to learn and explore… and still needed to do one octopoidal love letter. Up in the SFWA hospitality suite I was inspired by Mary Robinette Kowal doing a practice run for something exciting (I’m sure there will be announcements soon). Inspired by her practice run (practice makes such a difference) I asked people to give me a prompt, or pretend I was an artist at a comics convention, and challenge me to draw something. After I drew them a sketch they could choose to donate money to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. The idea of working for money adding that little extra layer of responsibility, service, and fear!

Spending time with my drawings… it’s sometimes like listening to recordings of my own voice. It’s a little hard on the ego until you acclimatize! But rollerderby taught me that nothing helps craft like footage review (well, that and practice practice practice). I’m pleased with how I learned more about my own pens and what work for me in a loose sketching environment. I fear I shall purchase more copic brush pens in the future, there is something that brings out a different, more spontaneous line!

Mmm, Chicago pizza, I would love you for your tomato sauce alone.

EJ, of course, asked me to draw an anthropomorphic artillery shell!

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Drawing an actual person is always a bit scary! But Marko was a good sport, and I was told he saved Christmas!

This is what happens when you ask me to draw a waterfall!

Off you go little letters! I hope your recipients enjoy you. The designs on the stamps are in honor Martin Ramirez, who was one of the great self-taught artists of the 20th century. I love buying stamps and discovering interesting human beings. Thank you post offices around the world for giving us all these gems.

Saturday meant OMG the actual awards! John Hodgman did a great job as Toastmaster, HILARIOUS! I’m so pleased he came and slummed with us prose folks ;-) 

The awards night started with a performance from Emperor Stardust and the Eunuchs of the Forbidden City. Henry Lien did a great job as composer, singer and choreographer. I was honored to be the tall lass in suspenders on the right. Keep your eyes peeled for the video of the fab dance number, I’ll post it as soon as I get it!

Photo thanks to @clarkesworld

And then… a great honor happened. I had been asked to accept the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation on George Miller’s behalf, as he was a wee bit busy at the Cannes Film Festival, should Mad Max: Fury Road win! Getting to rep for Australia made my heart grow a few sizes, and as an Australian who hasn’t been home for over five years holding that trophy was a little bit like hugging home.


The head of this marvelous award is a typewriter ball! Five pounds of love for dry rugged landscapes, strength in many forms, and go hard or go home.

Rob Wilkins accepting for Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE and Liz Argall for George Miller, AO

Sir Terry Pratchett received the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award this year, in recognition of his “significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape, and is particularly intended for those who have consistently made a major, positive difference within the speculative fiction field.”

Rob and I were the only people accepting for other people, and it was a delight to chat for a moment. It makes me happy knowing that Sir Terry had such thoroughly kind and decent people like Rob around during the increasing vulnerability of the embuggerance. It still makes my heart smile, thinking about good people taking care of our Terry, in physicality and in spirit.

And that is a tiny snippet of an amazing weekend. I almost bought shoes at Fleuvog’s. I kinda want to start a band with some fellow authors (even if I have to learn bass). I gazed at nominations in awe wondering how it was possible that I knew and or cared about so many on the list. I reconnected with people I care about, met wonderful new people, and now desperately want to figure out how to travel further. I wish I’d attended more panels and taken advantage of the amazing Ask an Expert sessions, but hopefully next time… I’ve already purchased my ticket.

This conference was put together with so much care and concern, organizers were like the best hosts, facilitating the awesome, listening, attending, connecting, and creating a love filled experience. Thanks SFWA and the army of volunteers that made it happen. See you in Pittsburgh :-)

The Things vibrate about their experience http://www.thingswithout.com/comic/486-the-weekend-is-over/ (re-scanned pretty picture soon come)

NPR/Tempest Bradford on the awards http://www.npr.org/2016/05/16/478269681/people-want-these-stories-women-win-big-at-the-nebula-awards

Scalzi’s fab picture gallery (including one of me) https://www.flickr.com/photos/scalzi/sets/72157668377237626/

John O’Neill/Blackgate on the awards and a shout out to the dance number https://www.blackgate.com/2016/05/16/the-2016-nebula-award-winners/

Michael Underwood (in his ever thoughtful way) touches on why a professionally oriented conference is so very satisfying http://michaelrunderwood.com/2016/05/18/nebulas-recap/

M.C.A Hogarth visually describes the post confreence feels http://haikujaguar.livejournal.com/1550511.html

I’ll keep adding more Nebula links, so I can hug them

NEBULA BATTLE!!!!!!! http://samjmiller.com/nebula-battle-tableaux-the-complete-saga/

John O’Neill at BlackGate’s write up of the full, with links to audio recording  https://www.blackgate.com/2016/05/22/a-weekend-with-the-greatest-talents-in-science-fiction-report-on-the-2016-nebula-awards/

More from Cat Rambo (inc video) http://www.kittywumpus.net/blog/2016/05/22/catching-my-breath-and-whats-coming-up/

The ever hard-working Kate Baker’s write up and squeal of delight at something well earned http://www.anaedream.com/2016/05/the-post-nebula-conference-write-up/

President Cat Rambo’s writeup http://www.kittywumpus.net/blog/2016/05/18/nebula-conference-2016-chicago/

Brilliant 10 point recap by Cecelia Tan http://blog.ceciliatan.com/archives/2869

Fran Wilde is always entertaining, so her OMG I won an award blog post is no exception.

ZYZ Recap – includes write up of panel “How to handsell your book” http://zakzyz.com/new/2016/5/17/nebula-weekend

ZYZ Recap – Author signing at the Nebulas http://zakzyz.com/new/2016/5/18/author-signing-at-the-nebulas-part-2

The Unbreakable Princess Alethea BEA and Nebulas writeup – http://aletheakontis.com/2016/05/the-unbreakable-princess-alethea/

Lexie Dunne Recap http://www.dunnewriting.com/2016/05/nebula-conference-recap.html

Beth Cato http://www.novelocity.org/?p=1912

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Nebula Awards Conference Programming

Nebula Awards Conference Programming

Hello!

I will be at the Nebula Awards 50th Anniversary Conference, exciting stuff! I’ll be doing a spot of programming, an ask an expert session, the author signing, and possibly a little bit of dancing!

Thursday, May 12 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
The Future of Racism
The past’s virulent racism against the Irish has now faded to linguistic artifacts like “paddy wagon” and “red-headed stepchild.” What traces will present-day racism leave behind, and what new forms of racism will emerge? Jennifer Cross • Liz Argall • Tanya DePass • Michael R. Underwood.

Friday, May 13 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Ask an Expert: In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

Liz Argall – Making Comics “Liz currently creates a webcomic, and in past lives written work for hire comic scripts, been an artist talent scout, created a comics anthology, and hand sold books at conventions. She doesn’t have all the answers, but she knows of lots of neat places to start.”

Friday, May 13 • 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Mass Autographing (there will be magnets!!)

… and there might be some dancing to Radio SFWA at the awards ceremony (Henry Lien is awesome).

 

https://nebulaconference2016.sched.org/speaker/liz.argall

Hope to see you there!

Gratuitous gorgeous photo from NASA, not actually a nebula.

#Moon #Venus #Jupiter...#Earth Good night.

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